Limos are starting to be more and more present on the US roads and are luxury sedans with a stretched wheelbase, generally driven by a chauffeur.
While limos are regularly used and rented for special events, they are also commonly used by the wealthy and powerful, politicians and high government officials. These vehicles are often purchased and modified by a third-party company before they are sold to limo companies or various clients.
The industry is worth over $4 billion a year in the U.S. alone. There are probably more than 4,000 limousine companies in the country that employ over 42,000 people, so the limousine business is definitely not an insignificant sector of the economy! Limos are pricey investments, typically ranging from $100,000 up to $300,000.
Have you ever wondered how the most expensive limos in the world look like and how much they cost? Many Americans rent these exquisite vehicles for all sorts of events such as weddings, birthday parties, proms, or just for a night out. Automobile manufacturers started producing limos in series but there are some of them that you would not expect to join this new trend. Check out our list of the top 5 most expensive limos ever built!
1. The Batmobile - $4.2 million
Built in 2012 is the "Batmobile", a limo inspired by the famous Batman movies of the 80s and 90s. Fitted with all the gadgets the original Batmobile had, this limo is definitely the one to choose when your average limo simply will not do:
- rear flaps to assist the brakes
- jet engine
- rocket launcher, missile launcher
- gasoline control
- ejectable front and back wheels
The complex design based on the Corvette, complete with all the curves and points of a vehicle suitable for a superhero comes with a hefty price tag of $4.2 million.
2. The American Dream - $4 million
Jay Ohrberg is a car collector and car builder specializing in cars from film and television. He has an extensive collection of original cars and replicas, among which is the "American Dream". Claimed to be in Guinness World Records as the world’s longest car, this 100-foot long limousine has 26 tires, a heated Jacuzzi, sun deck, swimming pool, a few beds, lots of room for passengers, and… a helipad. This limo is worth about $4 million.
The Jay Ohrberg Star Cars company has an extensive collection of original cars and replicas, many offered for hire.
Among the vehicles Jay has made are:
- Batmobiles for 70's movies and for the "Batman Returns" by Tim Burton film
- DeLorean for Marty McFly on Back to the Future films
- Flintstones car
- Ford Gran Torino for Starsky and Hutch
- General Lee
3. The Beast - $3 Million
Used in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, the limo has a huge price of $3 million! Fitted with armored plates resilient enough to block even an RPG, it's easy to see why they called it "The Beast".
Exceedingly well-equipped, the limo features everything from firefighting equipment, to oxygen tanks, tear gas canisters, shotguns, and supposedly grenade launchers! Only highly-trained drivers are used, which can execute police-style evasion techniques if needed.
Each Secret Service driver is subjected to extensive training on an isolated location, which is believed to be a military base, with input from GM engineers and test drivers.
The vehicle can hold 7 passengers and at the very least, it has 3 passengers aboard: the driver, the president’s lead Secret Service protective agent in the front passenger seat, and of course the president himself. 4 additional seats in the back are available, 3 of them being rearward-facing spots on a bench and one spot next to the president. There is a folding desk separating the president from his guest's spot.
The president's bench is covered in a dark blue cloth, rather than leather, but the vehicle has plenty of coverings on board. Shoulder belts buckle into the outboard corners and retract toward the center of the bench.
4. The Midnight Rider - $2.5 Million
The Midnight Rider is known as a tractor-trailer limousine and is the only one ever built. A record holder in the 2011 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Heaviest Limousine, it features 3 separate lounges, a crew of 5 (driver, co-driver, hostess, and 2 bartenders), and a full commercial-sized bar. This 460 square feet of pure luxury, 70' long, and 13'8" high limo holds up to 40 passengers and is valued at almost $2.5 million! Husband Michael Machado and his wife started working on their dream project in 1997 and began renting out the vehicle in 2004. The team of five includes two drivers, a hostess, an operations specialist, and a bartender.
Owner Pamela Bartholomew Machado, from California, said:
"The Midnight Rider was built to bring back the feel of the days of luxury railroad travel. With all the furnishings inside hand-picked to resemble the luxurious train travel of years ago, the Midnight Rider's attention to detail is one of the biggest draws for its customers."
5. Toyota Century Royal - $534,135
This 4-door limousine from the Japanese car giant is produced exclusively for the Emperor of Japan and only 4 units have been built since 2006. Security measures were built into the vehicle for the protection of the Japanese royal family. The Century Royal is valued at $534,135 and features:
- a 5-liter V12 engine
- a 6-speed automatic transmission system
- wool cloth cushioning, leather compartment
- internal granite entry steps
Boeing Limo - $1 Million
A Mexican limousine company has come up with a brilliant idea to land a Boeing 727 in downtown Los Angeles and they succeeded without causing major disruption and death. They cut off the wings of the jet, mounted the body on a bus structure, and voila, the Boeing 727 Jet limo was created! The interior features a full bar and even a dance floor, making this vehicle truly one of a kind.
The jet's original air stairs are used to access the limo, which can reach speeds up to 124mph and can hold up to 40 people. From strobe lights and TVs to a private corner in the back, this limo is valued at $1 million.
Other facts worth mentioning here:
- weighs 24,000 pounds
- the jet body sits on a Mercedes bus chassis
- has a sunken living room
- has a fireplace and heart-shaped bed with an infinity mirror
Tank Limo - $2,200 - $5,500 per Night to Rent
If they made a limo out of an airplane what could have possibly stopped limo builders from thinking even further? Tanks are the newest trend when it comes to limos. Basically, it is a military tank just without all the military equipment. The spacious interior comes equipped with a decent bench, cup holders, mini-fridge, some windows, DVD players, and other great amenities.
It is usually seen at:
- unusual events
- publicity stunts
- mostly anywhere you see large groups of people gathered in one spot
This limo is perfect for advertising your product, and if you are rich, this would be a great treat for yourself. Usually, the people who rent the tank are current or former military folk who are looking to celebrate a special occasion.
Armor Horse Vault XXL - $150,000 and Up
The next limo is one of the most ostentatious and secure VIP transportation on the planet. Armor Horse Vault XXL is the name of this stretched armored car. The exterior is made of G-40 steel that will stop even the heaviest firepower, plus the entire glass is bullet-resistant.
The wood-paneled interior features:
- L-shaped wet bar
- six satellite LCD screens
- a retractable pole
- dual emergency escape hatches
- powerful stereo system
Lamborghini Aventador Limo - Value Unknown
Speaking of a Lamborghini automatically makes you think of speed. It is an Italian company of sports cars founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Built with the finest materials, the new Lamborghini Aventador limousine has the following features:
- a luxurious interior with heated seats
- plasma screens
- iPod hookups
- champagne bars
- it can fit up to seven people
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